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SUMMARY È The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity ✓ Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective until he found out he already WAS one It all starts here The thrilling story of Steve Brixton's first case Our hero has a national treasure to recover a criminal mastermind to unmask and a social studies report due Monday all whiSeries called The Brixton Brothers You will solve all these mysteries and many by the time you finish The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity We think you'll agree Steve Brixton's first adventure is his best adventure ye. Steve Brixton normal kid and superfan of an old detective series called The Bailey Brothers finds himself involved in a bizarre caper involving a top secret spy organization called Librarians who are also librarians These Librarians enlist a reluctant and incredulous Steve to find the McGuffin uilt a Revolution era uilt on which is encoded all of America’s most important secretsWhat makes this book stand out among the many mysteries and thrillers with kid protagonists is the humor First and foremost the fictional Bailey Brothers books are a thinly veiled and pitch perfect pastiche of the hokey outdated Hardy Boys but Steve accepts the books’ ridiculous advice on how to be a detective at face value This leads to him walking into a bar dressed as a sailor talking like a heavy from a badly written 1950s noir film – only to be taken at face value as well The police call him “Detective” and tell him to clean up his own messes while the bad guys treat him as a gumshoe and not a kid The plot is clever the mystery is tricky the danger and thrills are real and deadpan humor is flat out hilarious A brilliant book maybe even too clever for its young audience to appreciate


Nmask and a social studies report due Monday all while on the run from cops thugs and secret agent librarians Since when can librarians rappel from helicopters Does Steve have any brothers or sisters If not then why is this. Omigosh I love this book It's an homage to the Hardy Boys and a send up at the same time My fellow school librarians should read this first book in the series if for no other reason than to savor the notion of librarians as part of an elite force of secret agents For students looking for humor with their mystery this series should fit the bill

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The Case of the Case of Mistaken IdentitySteve Brixton always wanted to be a detective until he found out he already WAS one It all starts here The thrilling story of Steve Brixton's first case Our hero has a national treasure to recover a criminal mastermind to u. Kid walks into your library Says he wants a mystery series A new mystery series You hand him Encyclopedia Brown He withers you with a glance You hand him Enola Holmes His upper lip curls at the female protagonist it happens You hand him a recent Hardy Boys where they fight terrorists He looks at you like he may be seriously doubting your sanity You finally hand him The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett the first in The Brixton Brothers series He sighs in relief and then asks for the other books in the series You tell him there is only one out right now He kicks you in the shins And ladies and gentlemen this little drama is soon to play out your home town any minute now Countless young hoodlums will instantly find their desire for mystery and snarky self aware writing satiated by this Mr Barnett only to find themselves infuriated by the as of this review lack of subseuent novels in the series Reports of the death of the boy detective novel have been greatly exaggerated It lives on the only way it can in this day and age; with a wink and a nod If there’s one thing Steve Brixton knows about it’s detective work And why wouldn’t he A fan of the great Bailey Brothers book series Steve is pretty confident that in the event of a crime he’d definitely be the one to solve it in the end So all things considered he’s probably the perfect fellow to be mistaken for an evil spy That’s just what happens when Steve goes into his local library to check out a book on uilting for a school project Next thing he knows Steve’s discovered that all librarians belong to a highly specialized force of undercover agents and he has unwittingly pitted himself against them Now he has to clear his name and find out the true villains before the librarians get their hands on him once and for all It’s funny Funny is hard I don’t mean to say that there aren’t plenty of books for kids out there that are funny Sure there are But to write a funny book is to write a story that sustains its humor and still manages a satisfying ending which is no small potatoes Fortunately Barnett who has seemingly appeared out of the ether itself has a style that amuses both kids and adults simultaneously without talking down to either of them His writing will undoubtedly catch you unawares It's all in the details For example at one point we read “Steve hated fish He hated the way they tasted and the way they smelled but than anything he hated the way they looked The problem was in the eyes There was no difference between the eye of a dead fish and the eye of a live one” Beautiful In the same vein the next chapter begins by describing a villain as “a nasty brutish and short man” That’s for the adults Now in this book Steve spends much of his time attempting to imitate his beloved book based heroes only to find himself failing at almost every turn Tightening your muscles when you’re tied with ropes so they’ll slip off when the villains leave Doesn’t really work Throwing a punch Not as easy as it sounds Eventually we get the feeling that the author of these Bailey Brothers books must be a bit of a lazy lou since half the time the boys are rescued at the last minute by their day anyway Barnett has managed to capture the feel of the old time boys’ adventure novel but has done so without sacrificing our modern logic and sensibilities It’s sort of what MT Anderson keeps trying to do with his Whales on Stilts series without ever uite getting it right Barnett walks the line and he walks it well When Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians came out I found it pandering Which was an odd reaction because if there’s anything that doesn’t pander to librarians it’s calling them evil in the title of a book Still I wasn’t buying it Put the word “librarian” in a title and it's like my fellow brethren are instantaneously hypnotized into buying the book “I don’t know what it was about that story I just had to get forty copies for my branch” The best case example of this is The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians Shameless doesn’t even begin to cover it So I’m giving an extra 25 points to this book for not saying “library” or “librarian” anywhere in the title Granted the cover image shows special ops rappelling into a reference section but that’s forgivable And Barnett does lay it on pretty thick when he turns librarians to a covert operation that puts the CIA the FBI and M5 to shame Clearly Mr Barnett has never had the pleasure of watching a room full of MLIS degrees debate the relative merits of doing storytimes in the morning verses doing them in the afternoons of a given weekday Trust me we’ve bigger fish to fry than mere international intrigue Anyway Barnett protects himself from accusations of true pandering when he makes fun of READ posters We'll give him credit there The book has the most obvious similarities to The Hardy Boys of course Steve’s beloved Bailey Brothers are essentially Frank and Joe renamed Shawn and Kevin But as for this book itself I saw hints of other boy detective novels lurking in the corners For example early in the story Steve listens as his mother’s new boyfriend a cop recounts a crime happening in town that has the police stumped The chapter ends with Steve saying “I’m not sure the thief is even a human” Now if that isn’t Encyclopedia Brown all over I don’t know what is You half expect to see at the bottom of the page the sentences “Why was Steve so sure the thief wasn’t a human being Turn to the back of the book for the answer” Instead Steve gives his reasons and as with the rest of the book your expectations are upset Instead of praising him for his ingenuity Rick the cop just guffaws at what ultimately is the correct solution Steve is simultaneously under and over estimated throughout this book Usually you get only one or another when you read a mystery novel for kids Spices things up a bit when you get both and a variety of different kinds of detective tales as well Plus I love that rather than tiptoe around the issue of how unlikely it would be for adults to take a kid like this seriously Barnett rams into the issue with gusto and devil take the conseuences Pairing illustrator Adam Rex with Barnett seems obvious now and let’s face it probably seemed obvious right from the start to everyone involved with this project He’s precisely the kind of man you want working on a book of this sort Rex’s pen and ink drawings can be cartoonish one moment and then drawing beautifully incomprehensible technical diagrams knot tying anyone the next The man has range and range is what you want when you hope to mix realism with outright goofiness Plus Rex is funny in his own right without distracting from Barnett’s humor When you see that picture of Steve standing in the doorway of a rough bar in a ridiculous sailor costume the outfit is funny but even funnier are the tough guys who have also stopped to stare at him The captions on the photos besides adding a nice retro feel are the icing on the cake I’m immature enough that I was pleased with myself when I guessed the villain correctly long before the end of the book I am also thirty one so I probably shouldn’t feel as good about that as I do Still if you’re in the neighborhood for a great new mystery series with a tongue stuck so far into its cheek that it’s practically coming out its ear this is it Modern to its core but still a good mystery and action adventure novel this is one of the smartest little books I’ve seen in a long time 21st century kids are gonna adore it GuaranteedFor ages 9 12